Bond issues, tax proposals to highlight Tuesday’s ballot in Oklahoma
Shawnee voters are being asked to approve a $32 million bond issue that would fund a new elementary school, renovation and upgrades at Shawnee High School and several other construction projects.
The proposal is one of several matters on ballots in the greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area Tuesday.
New Shawnee school
The largest single share of the Shawnee bond issue — $13.5 million — would go toward the construction of a new elementary school in northwest Shawnee. District officials haven't yet selected a site for the school.
The bond issue also includes $8.8 million for renovations and upgrades at the 45-year-old Shawnee High School. Other than two additions that were built not long after the building was completed, it hasn't been upgraded since it was finished in 1971, said Shawnee Superintendent Marc Moore.
District officials hope to use that money to renovate the school's library, cafeteria and science classrooms. The science classrooms, in particular, are in need of repair, Moore said. Much of the equipment in the school's eight science classrooms is either outdated or broken, he said.
"It makes it very difficult to engage the student in any kind of lab activities where they're developing a skill," he said.
If passed, the bond issue would raise property taxes in the district by 3.16 percent. That would mean a resident who paid $1,000 in property taxes this year would pay $1,031.61 next year.
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In Edmond, voters will consider a pair of sales tax extensions. City officials are proposing 10-year extensions of a one-cent sales tax that goes toward the city's general fund and a half-cent sales tax that would go toward capital improvements like road work, a new fire station and a new tennis center the city hopes to build in partnership with Edmond Public Schools.
Norman bond issue
In Norman, city officials are asking voters to approve a $25 million bond issue for road improvements and maintenance, including lighting, sidewalks, bike paths, landscaping, drainage and driveway reconstruction.
Voters in Bethany will consider an $8.18 million bond issue for the construction of a new library. Money from the bond issue would supplement other money made available through the Metropolitan Library System.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Voters must show proof of identity when voting. Acceptable forms of identification include an Oklahoma voter registration card, a driver's license or identification card, a U.S. passport or military identification card, or photo identification from a federally recognized tribe.